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England’s rare failure

 Since the 2015 ODI World Cup, the only time England hasn’t managed to score in excess of 300 in a home ODI series when they have batted first at least once was in the 2022 ODI series against India.

 

 Rare failure

 

 When England was bowled out for 259 from 45.5 overs in the third match of the three-match ODI series between England and India in the English summer of 2022, it was the first time since WC 2015 that England failed to score 300+ in a home ODI series when they batted first at least once. 

 

 Newly appointed England captain Jos Buttler conceded that it was the missed stumping chance of Rishabh Pant, who went on to score his maiden ODI century, that cost England the match.

 

Buttler’s gripe

 

 This is what Buttler had to say after England lost the series by 2-1.

 

 “Give good players a second chance, and there’s a good chance they’ll hurt you. Rishabh Pant is a fearless player, someone who is great to watch in all formats. It’s his mentality that sets him apart. He looks like he gets great backing. If we took those chances, we would probably have had a good hold in the game with a long tail for India. But with the score we put up, we were going to need to take all our chances to have a chance of winning the game.

 

 “At times, I’ve found captaincy absolutely fine, to be honest,” he said. “I missed a chance today, but I don’t think that’s got anything to do with captaincy, so I’m not worrying too much about that. I feel good, I’ve been in some of the best form of my life, and I still feel in great touch. Form isn’t just the score.”

 

Low-scoring affair

 

 The ODI series in England turned out to be quite a low-scoring one when you consider that England has been making scores of 370-380 on frequent occasions over the last couple of years, especially at home.

 

 In fact, none of the England batters was able to score even a total of 100 runs in the ODI series, with Moeen Ali, who bats at number 7 and occasionally at number 6, ending up as their top scorer with 95 runs at an average 31.6.

 

 All the big guns like Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes and Joe Root failed to fire, which is why England couldn’t compete against India and even registered this unwanted record.

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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